Nook Doesn’t Play Nice With EPUB Format
July 17, 2013 | 4:38 pm
By Juli Monroe
Consider this a cautionary tale for both readers and authors.
Readers, if a book doesn’t display well on your Nook, don’t automatically blame the author/publisher for being sloppy.
Authors and publishers, check your EpUB conversions on an actual Nook to be sure everything displays properly.
I discovered this issue both while doing my own conversions and in working with BB eBooks when I hired them to do conversions.
Here were the issues I discovered:
1. I had fits getting my bulleted lists from my non-fiction book to display properly. They looked fine in HTML, converted to Kindle without a hitch and looked great in Adobe Digital Editions. On the Nook, the bullets intruded on the left margin. I had to jump through lots of hoops to fix them for Nook.
2. Nooks apparently don’t display inline styling of hyperlinks. BB eBooks had to remove that style. What that means in English is that hyperlinks looked horrible (half looking like links and half underlined).
3. Something weird happened with hyphens on a title line. The hyphen was there, but the rest of the word wasn’t. Again, BB eBooks had to adjust the style sheet to make it work.
4. We had no end of trouble getting indenting and paragraph spacing to work properly. (The Nook decided both indents and extra spacing between paragraphs was a good idea. I disagreed.)
The scary part is that those were the ones we caught. I looked all the books over carefully on my Nook, but I can’t swear something else didn’t slip past us. (If anyone purchases a Nook version of one of my books and finds other issues, please let me know!)
In every scenario above, the EPUB looked perfect in Adobe Digital Editions, so it’s obvious the format wasn’t the problem. It was the Nook.
So authors and publishers, check your books on an actual Nook. If you don’t own a Nook, find a friend. And readers, if you find a Nook book with wonky formatting, let the author know. Don’t just assume he or she didn’t know how to do a proper EPUB conversion.